Drug Class: What is Pletal and why is Pletal prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Pletal work?
Dosage: How should you take Pletal ?
Possible food and drug interactions with Pletal
Special Information on Pletal
Possible Pletal Side effects
|Drug Class: What is Pletal and why is Pletal prescribed?|
Pletal (Cilostazol) is a medication that reduces the symptoms of intermittent claudication. This condition causes pain in the legs during walking, and goes away with rest.
Pletal helps blood flow more smoothly through the blood vessels; this action improves oxygen flow to the tissues of the body. By improving blood flow, Pletal helps people with claudication walk longer distances without pain. In some cases Pletal may be prescribed for other health conditions where improved blood flow
|Drug Mechanism: How does Pletal work?|
Intermittent claudication results from impaired blood supply to the legs. Although its precise mechanism of action is not clear, Ponstel appears to improve circulation by dilating blood vessels, especially those supplying the legs. Ponstel also appears to inhibit the aggregation (clumping) of platelets and this reduces the formation of blood clots, which can block arterial blood flow.
|Dosage: How should you take Pletal ?|
Take Pletal by mouth. Swallow the Pletal capsules with plenty of water (at least a full glass) to avoid stomach upset. Take on an empty stomach, at least ½ hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
For treatment of peripheral vascular disease (circulation problems):
If you miss a Pletal dose
|Possible food and drug interactions with Pletal|
|Special Information on Pletal|
Most Important Fact about Pletal
Patients with congestive heart failure should not use Pletal. If you have a history of heart disease, talk to your doctor about the potential risks associated with Pletal before taking it.
Pletal precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
|Possible Pletal Side effects|
More common side effects of Pletal may include:
Less common side effects of Pletal may include:
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